b) Say what shops and products have more advantages / disadvantages and whether they save your month budget or not.
Read the text and check your ideas.
Understanding the Information on the Label
Information included on the labels of food products is strictly controlled by law. Food shoppers will find labels to be one of their most useful andreliable sources of information. Labels provide such important facts as the ingredients and the relative amounts of each that were used, the net weight of the package contents, the name of the processor or distributor, andfederal inspection information.
a) Rate the importance of each of the following factors in your decision whether to buy a certain item in the grocery store:
taste price appearance
nutrition freshness packaging
need budget weight
B) First work on your own, then discuss the results and come up with a unanimous sequence for the group.
Read the text and do the activities that follow.
The best places to go shopping in the world, and how to pick up a bargain
When you get there
Does it seem a bit extravagant to go all the way to New York to buy a pair of jeans? Think again – with a cheap flight, a bit of extra suitcase-space on the way out and the possibility to see the Statue of Liberty in the bargain, you could return with more money in your wallet than you can imagine. OK, so we’re exaggerating a bit, but shopping abroad can be seriously cheaper, not to mention seriously more fun, than spending money back home. Here is a guide to the best of the world’s shopping at the most wallet-friendly prices.
Fashion. If you’ve got a passion for fashion, there’s only really one place worth considering for the best of the designer clothes: Milan. Armani, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace are among the designers who started their careers here so class, and a little bit of Italian extravagance, abound on every street corner. There are sales in most shops from early January to February and from July to August so these are the times you’re most likely to pick up discounted designer clothes.
Antiques. Though London is still considered the antiques capital of the world by those in the know, prices can be startlingly high here. If you’re really after a bargain and can tell a fake from the genuine article at 20 paces, Eastern Europe is the place to pick up antiques. The countries were closed for so long and have only (relatively) recently opened up to trade, all sorts of articles are appearing out of grannies’ attics and selling on the open market. Find out the speciality of the region before you go and that’s where you’ll get the best deals. In both Estonia and Lithuania, for example lace and amber abound, but in Estonia lace is made locally and you’ll get the best prices. Travel south to Lithuania and you’ll get better deals on amber, which is the speciality of the country.
Flowers. It doesn’t have to be Spring and you can buy a lot more than just tulips – the floating flower market in Amsterdam is certainly the most fragrant shopping trip you’ll ever experience. The flower stalls stand on houseboats, a relic from the times when the flowers were shipped in on barges to the Dutch capital. Seasonal bargains are available all year round, including Christmas trees in December. The flower market has everything from the traditional tulips and geraniums to exotic flowers shipped in from all over the world. Bulbs are also ready for export, so you can bring them home with you. The floating flower market is open from 9 a.m.-5.30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 11a.m.-5.30p.m. on Sundays. Arrive early to get the freshest blooms.
Interiors. For stunning hand-made carpets of wool or cotton Turkey is the place to visit. Carpets are knotted or flat woven (kilim) and each region has its individual designs and colors. Though Istanbul is the obvious place to go, travelers advisegoing to smaller villages further off the beaten track, such as Cappadoccia, where the carpets are made by the locals and you should get a better price.
Duty Free. On the off-chance that you’ve taken your holiday and not managed to find any good bargains, don’t forget the duty free at the airport. It is perfect not only for cheap alcohol and tobacco, but perfume, cosmetics, watches and ridiculously expensive pens.
These suggestions are just the peak of the worldwide shopping iceberg. Almost everywhere you could possibly travel to get local goods for sale. Know what they are before you go and you can return home with something unique and well-priced.